Technical writers or non fiction writers scribble to pay the bills and for the love of the analytical or the exercise of truth or deception.

Fiction authors write to illuminate their world or escape it.

Whichever kind of writer, it's all about staying alive and helping or entertaining others.

The Writing Life

Like most writers, I have a love of reading and the power of words. When I was younger, I read everything I could get my hands on, but I don’t consider myself well read. I consumed books like a starved person, so quickly I hardly knew what I had read. By some strange process of osmosis, I learned from everything I read, but I cannot give you an erudite discussion of characters, plots, or authors. I can only tell you it’s lodged some where in the core of my being and informs my writing.

In addition to reading, I’ve spent a life time writing---from that first elementary school composition to my college days when I studied French literature and wrote explications de texte. Along the way, I fell into technical writing--to put food on the table and pay bills. In the 90s, I had the good fortune to take a dialog class with Sol Stein, former owner of Stein & Day publishers in New York and a prolific author. That led to his California-based writers’ group, Chapter One. It was a rigorous, ego-bruising experience, but I was intent on learning everything I could about fiction writing. A few years ago, I also had the good fortune to study with another writer, Louella Nelson, an experienced romance writer and teacher of fiction writing. She provided a different perspective and balance to my writing.

My novel, DREAMING OF LAUGHING HAWK, a mainstream, Sixties era novel, is available on Amazon in print and ebook (also available in Canada, Europe, Japan, and Brazil). Download a free sample. If you like it, I hope you'll download the book and post a review on Amazon.

Monday, February 28, 2011

What I've Learned about Blogging

In a word, discipline. Blogging is kind of like gardening. How you engage it is dependent on the time you have available and the energy you can bring to it. Everyone's circumstances are different. Obviously, you don't want to spend all day in the garden or in the blogging universe. The important people, responsibilities, and activities in your life would all suffer greatly.

So like a good gardener, you learn what works well for your space. You learn to be efficient in all things because there are only so many waking hours in a day. You learn by trial and error, discarding those ideas that don't work, embracing those that do. You weed your garden because if you don't, then the things you love will die.

On that note, I am going to start editing my novel--for as long as I can keep my eyes open tonight.


  1. Good luck with editing!! Personally I find the editing process AWESOME. even if it's harrowing, when you know it's going to take ages. Or it is in my case anyway. :D

    Still, I love it!

    Because you're right, stuff dies if you don't weed it. ;)

  2. Might want to edit your title. It's either I've Learned About or I'm Learning About...

  3. Sounds like you need to "hunker down"! Good luck on your editing! I'm trying to check in with my group but I'm not doing a very good job so this morning I am catching up a little. Have a great day! Happy Writing!

  4. Ha! Thanks for the title correction, Rogue. Another lesson--be awake when you're posting.

  5. Hope the editing has been smooth sailing. Good luck.

  6. So true! There are days when the only "writing" I do is on my blog or in the comments section of other blogs. *sigh* It's so important to maintain balance between blogging and...well, the rest of life!

    Happy editing!